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Before you start contacting butterfly valve suppliers for a replacement valve, you should take the time to learn how to order and replace this type of component. Taking on this task haphazardly can leave you with poor results and may compel you to buy additional replacement parts. You can avoid that waste of time and money by following these steps.

Check the ID Tag
Before you order anything, you should check the ID tag on the valve. If you don’t see a tag, look for a stamp somewhere on the valve itself. The tag or stamp should provide the necessary information for ordering a comparable part.

Get Replacement Bolts
This is also a good time to replace the bolts that hold the valve in place. You should check the size and shape of the bolts to ensure you get the correct replacements. Getting new bolts will help you avoid stripping the older ones as you install the new valve.

Turn Off Access to the Line
When your order comes in from your butterfly valve suppliers, turn the feed off to the line in which you’ll be replacing the valve. You should dry the area and ensure it’s free of dirt, grease, and debris. Cleaning the area before you install the new valve will help you get better seals. When you do turn the line back on, a tighter seal will prevent you from experiencing leaks where the line intersects with the valve.